Thursday, May 15, 2003

It's interesting to note how IBM apparently has moved its WebSphere development team under the aegis of its user-oriented Lotus division, according to a Line56.com article. This is of course the team who gave us Lotus Notes, the teamware solution of the 1990's that enabled individuals throughout organizations to build content collaboratively with a minimum of technical know-how. Lotus Notes was a great concept, and still succeeds today in many organizations and as a web engine via its Domino interface, but the underlying architecture was not up to the task of open and universal communications. Now that the more cost-effective and more easily deployed WebSphere components are entering the age of enabling individuals to collaborate effectively as publishers, it sounds as if these two great pools of expertise are about to enable individuals and institutions in some interesting and powerful ways.
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